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Formosan subterranean termites could be in for a real headache. Scientists have identified species of roundworms, or “nematodes,” that invade the termite brains and offer a potential bio-based approach to controlling them.


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The ability of botanists and other scientists to generate data quickly and cheaply is surpassing their ability to access and analyze it. Scientists facing too much information rely on computers to search large data sets for patterns that are beyond the…


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Two new studies provide a clearer picture of why some species move — and where they go — in response to climate change. One found a dramatic decline in populations of a mountain ground squirrel, except where humans lived. Another paper finds that pre…


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Curcumin, found in the popular spice turmeric, stopped the potentially deadly Rift Valley Fever virus from multiplying in infected cells, a new study shows.


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The study is one of the first to use quantitative measures and a systematic approach, with 24-hour video monitoring, to assess and compare foraging behavior of common backyard birds in yards in Phoenix, at the northern edge of the Sonoran Desert.


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Ninety-six percent of a chimpanzee’s genome is the same as a human’s. It’s the other 4 percent, and the vast differences, that has intrigued researchers. For instance, why do humans have a high risk of cancer, even though chimps rarely develop the dise…


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Scientists have discovered what may possibly be a key ingredient in the fight against Parkinson’s disease. Researchers have demonstrated that the nuclear receptor liver X receptor beta may play a role in the prevention and treatment of this progressive…


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Using bioluminescent proteins from a jellyfish, a team of scientists has lit up the inside of a neuron, capturing spectacular video footage that shows the movement of proteins throughout the cell.


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New research suggests learning how to stop enjoying unhealthy food sooner may play a pivotal role in combating America’s obesity problem. The research explores how satiation, defined as the drop in liking during repeated consumption, can be a positive …


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USGS science goes to Mars

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With the Mars rover Curiosity’s successful landing Sunday, Aug. 5, at 10:32 p.m. PDT, U.S. Geological Survey scientists continue their strategic role in the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), the most advanced mission yet to explore whether the Red Planet …


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In order to understand Earth’s earliest history — its formation from solar system material into the present-day layering of metal core and mantle, and crust — scientists look to meteorites. New research focuses on one particularly old type of meteori…


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